President’s Message – December 2017
Can you believe we’re about to close out another year? What happened to 2017?
Whatever happened…it was a fantastic year for the Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Here’s a quick re-cap.
We started out with a Fishing Dayz (no fishing) & BBQ at Paces Mill park with the Georgia Women’s Fly Fishers and members of our new Roswell High School Fishing Club. Although several of our Fishing Dayz events were subsequently cancelled due to inclement weather, overall those attending the events had a good time.
In April, we helped to clean up the river at the annual Sweep the Hooch, fished up at Fern Valley, fished the South Holston in July and caught dozens and dozens of trout up in Cherokee this past November. We also participated on the Wilkes Creek restoration project in North Georgia with other chapters.
We elected several new chapter members to our Board in September and held a highly successful Autumn on the River fundraiser in October. We monitored several local streams flowing into the Hooch as part of our Adopt-a-Stream program.
We held 10 chapter meetings with fantastic speakers covering both conservation actions and fishing techniques. Many speakers were new to UCCTU and would like to return.
It goes with saying that we worked hard this past year. Congratulations and thanks to all who helped make each and every event a SUCCESS! It just shows that UCCTU is a leading chapter not only in Georgia, but across the country. We hope to continue this work in 2018 while tackling a wide range of new projects and activities designed to strengthen and grow our membership.
As I’ve said before, “You can sit back and take it in or jump in and make it happen!” I hope you’ll join me in “making it happen next year.”
One way to help right now is to make a generous donation to UCCTU for 2018. You can make your donation at the next meeting or on the chapter’s web site.
I hope to see you in 2018 at our January 23 chapter meeting where Jason Ulseth, Riverkeeper of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will give us his annual update on our favorite river—the Hooch.
Ken Mock, President